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Marvelous Kingdom

Let me just toss in a disclaimer here before you think I've gone rabid raging fanboy here--I actually think Disney purchasing Marvel Comics is a good thing. Marvel, despite the gobs of money they've made on their movies as of late still never seem to get their ducks in a row financially. Disney on the other hand actually respects a franchise/brand/company when they buy it, believing in the old adage of not trying to fix things that work. ESPN, ABC, Jim Henson Productions, etc.

However, the marketing aspect will ramp up even more. But then again, Spider-Man bubble bath has been around for years, so maybe it won't be as noticeable.
Besides, I could go for a Dr. Strange/Wizards of Waverly Place clash, or the Banshee taking down the Jonas Brothers. Hannah Montana in spandex I'm sure would get a lot more boys to watch her secret identity.

Cross Circuits

If by now you didn't know, I hate what's been done to my beloved Transformers on the big screen. In the first movie, they took Jazz from being a cool cat, a real smooth dude who loved Earth culture and turned him into 50 Cent. Then they stripped Bumblebee of his voice for 90% of the movie, and spent that missing time by focusing on the fleshbags rather than what you're supposed to: the epic battle of giant robots.

Now in the second movie, they've turned Skids and Mudflap into hick wanna-be hip hop poseurs and pretty much went full throttle on the Megan Fox quotient.

The upside to my hate is I'm not alone. As of right now, Rotten Tomatoes is reporting a 21% favorable review rate, and one reviewer in particular was blasted by Roger Ebert for writing a ridiculously favorable review of the new film.

Honestly, what I don't understand is how Star Trek's reboot was careful and methodical in going about making an adaption, so as to appeal to both fans and casual moviegoers alike, and it hit it out of the park. Spielberg (who is absent this time around as a producer) claimed he was a fan back in the day himself, and yet, both movies stray so far from the core basics of the franchise it becomes an entity altogether different--literally unrecognizable from the original idea. Bay is given free reign to butcher and hot-weld back together what had been good and feasable designs of vehicle to robot into SoHo kitchy scrap that's supposed to be art.

Which is why I would ask that if you're even remotely interested in seeing where it all started, check out the new re-release of the original animated series from Shout Factory. They're good people, and did a nice job on the whole package. Put a disc on your Netflix, or even just check out some clips online. The series, while simplistic in it's storytelling and occasionally questionable animation quality had ten times more heart. Better yet, check out the original Transformers: The Movie, a fully animated tale from 1986, out on DVD as well. It actually holds up 23 years after it's released.

Anyways, I'm going to get back to drawing more Optimus. He's a lot of fun to draw.


Think about it: you know Tim's right. ^_^

Litmus Test for Inkblot Heroes

Well, it's up, as promised, just in time for the premiere of Watchmen!

...which I won't be seeing.


Well, for one, hype. I kid you not when I tell you that you'd be hard pressed to find any urban billboard, bus stop, bus, or anything else on the street in L.A. that doesn't have this film on it. I don't like being force fed the idea that I'm supposed to see something because I'm surrounded by imagery of it. The last time I saw in-your-face advertising on this level was Batman-- the Tim Burton version.

Secondly,(and I'm prepared to be stoned for this)-- I think the graphic novel is incredibly overrated. I read it about two or three years ago, a perfect age given the content. I'm not saying it was horrible, or even bad. I appreciated reading it, but it wasn't anything I found astounding, mindblowing, or even revolutionary. It was a good story, and that was that. I truly don't understand why it's the holy grail of comics, but, to each their own.

If I could recommend something that'll really knock your socks off in graphic novel form, try the Pulitzer-winning Maus. That to me is truly impactful in the art of storytelling-- and it's true to boot.

Now, if you'll excuse me, I have something better to watch on a Friday night:
Battlestar Galactica. And I'll watch for the DVD on this.

Yesterday's comic moved to Friday

Hey guys!

Due to job scheduling, yesterday's promised comic is being moved to Friday--but let me assure you: it's all-too-relevant for that very day. You'll see what I mean. ;)

See you then!

Oscar Debacle

Before I go off on my rant, I want to take a second and thank two dear friends of mine--Amanda and Bamboo for kicking me in my ass to get the strip back up again. When 24 got held off for a year from TV thanks to the SAG strike, my ambition for drawing went with it-- first with 24thecomicstrip, and then Planet X.
Then I got tied up working on five consecutive reality TV shows-- and nothing sucks the life out of you faster than logging an interview for 3 hours at a stretch.

Yes, another Oscars, another sweep.
What I found rather annoying (other than the fact the musical numbers were still present rather than gone altogether, but hey, less is better)is that Wall•E won only one award of eight nominations, the Best Animated Film. It faced no real competition in any other category other than this one (Kung Fu Panda & Bolt were both excellent films too, incidentally) save for perhaps the Sound categories, where dynamo films like this, Iron Man and The Dark Knight excel.

But no, Slumdog Millionaire won it all, more or less. Had it been possible, I'm sure the Academy would have loved to have it in Best Animated too.

If there was ever an animated film that deserved a Best Picture nod since 1991's Beauty and the Beast, it was most assuredly this one. I'd even like to think that Spirited Away, The Iron Giant and The Incredibles were also deserving, but alas, cartoons will always be considered children's or family fare only in the minds of American filmgoers.

I'll let you in on a secret though-- cartoon were originally made for adults. Yeah, I know, crazy, right? Why do you think all those early Warner Brothers cartoons were rife with caricatures of big movie stars like Clark Gable and Edward G. Robinson? Because the grown-ups got a laugh out of them. Falling anvils, characters chopped in half comically, punches in the face, all adult-intended audiences without all the PC nonsense.

If you want to see what I'm talking about, pull out your copy of Wall•E (or your neighbor's-- one of them is bound to have it) and watch the short Presto to see what I'm talking about. Electrocution, de-pantsing, explosions, good old-fashioned tomfoolery.

Back to the subject at hand, cartoons in Asian markets (especially Japan) are revered as true adult-minded cinema. The aforementioned Spirited Away made more money than Titanic in their box offices, and for a while was the highest grossing film of all time.

And yet, cinematic treasures such as these are passed over, given their own little niche of a category to avoid "embarassing" the Oscars again for having a "family film" be nominated, and keeping everyone happy at the same time. But there were a lot more than three good animated films this year-- Waltz with Bashir for example was this year's Persopolis and didn't get so much as a mention for it due to a new silly rule that it must premiere in both NYC and L.A. by August 31st for documentary status. Granted, being nom'd for Best Foreign Film is nice, but it certainly deserved more credit.

It's always been one of my goals to someday get up on the Oscar stage and hold one of those industry self-congratulatory trophies for Best Film-- that just happens to be animated-- but seeing as how even a little robot with a limited vocabulary can win over audiences and critics alike and get all but shut out, I stand about as much chance as a lit matchstick in space.

Cutthroat Political Tactics

Sorry about getting it up late! It's actually up on time-- just moved forward so it's at the top of your friend's list for a few hours. ^__^

Did you know that Washington never had wood teeth? Nope. They were a mix of ivory and human. I don't want to know where the "human" part came from.

Lincoln didn't actually die after being shot at Ford's Theater-- it took him eight hours afterwards to do that.

And Teddy-- well, he was shot too on the campaign trail... but, he was so tough that while bleeding from the wound to his chest, he refused treatment until he finished his campaign speech.

Now THAT'S a President I'd want.

Inaugural Impeachment of Doom

click this strip to see the results of this "election"!

So, I know I can say without a doubt that this presidential election is the single-most exciting and important election I've ever voted in--and that even tops the election where I had to oppose measures that would eventually drop an airport on my house.

While I'm not going to rehash anything you don't already know about any of the candidates out there, let me say this:

Thanks for voting and exercising your voice a heck of a lot more than usual, that our forefathers (and mothers) fought so hard to allow us to do.

And now a word from our sponsor!

Well, gonna sit down and watch the commercials game! Enjoy everyone!

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